Psychology

The Wesleyan program offers many options, including the study of behavior analysis, learning, social adjustment, addiction and recovery, abnormal behavior, human relations, behavior modification, and personality theory and assessment.

Students who study experimental or behavior modification use an animal testing laboratory and obtain experience in applying statistics and computers to psychology. You may have opportunities to collaborate with faculty on special research projects, with results being published in national psychological journals. Practicum and internship experiences are essential components of preparation for employment and advanced study in related fields. Many students prefer to do internships with children and often work with the child development center on campus

 

  • Faculty

    Mary M. Medlin, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D. – The University of Southern Mississippi
    B.A., M.S. – The University of Louisiana at Monroe
    Email: medlin.m@wvwc.edu
    Office: Reemsnyder 142
    Phone: 8058

    Research: Dr. Medlin studied at The University of Southern Mississippi, completing a Ph.D. in Brain & Behavior Psychology. Her research interests include the evolutionary basis of social perceptions, primarily as it relates to attitudes regarding perceived personality characteristics, socially acceptable behaviors (e.g., sexual assault), and scientific information dissemination. My research primarily considers how these attitudes and beliefs are shaped through personality and other socially relevant individual difference factors (e.g., political affiliation, social awareness). I have investigated these perceptions as they relate to social attitudes towards specific behaviors/ideology (e.g., rape myth acceptance, scientific attitudes, humor appreciation) and acceptability of personality characteristics (e.g., narcissism).

    Director of the Social & Evolutionary Psychology Laboratory.

  • Majors
    • Psychology

      Students will:

      • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply principles and theories to professional settings under supervision.
      • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the major principles, research methods and theories of human and animal behavior.
      • Students will be able to gain admission to graduate school programs in psychology and related social fields.
      • Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral presentation and defense of their research.
      • Students and alumni will express satisfaction with department faculty and curriculum
      • Students will be able to design, execute, critically analyze and report study of some aspect of human or animal behavior.
      • Students will indicate improved understanding of self and others as a result of their experiences in the psychology program.
  • Minors
    • Psychology

      Students will: 

      • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply principles and theories to professional settings under supervision.
      • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the major principles, research methods and theories of human and animal behavior.
      • Students will be able to gain admission to graduate school programs in psychology and related social fields.
      • Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral presentation and defense of their research.
      • Students and alumni will express satisfaction with department faculty and curriculum
      • Students will be able to design, execute, critically analyze and report study of some aspect of human or animal behavior.
      • Students will indicate improved understanding of self and others as a result of their experiences in the psychology program.